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Peter Letkeman

Peter Letkeman

Saturday, February 12th, 1938 - Tuesday, May 19th, 2020
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Obituary

Dr. Peter Letkeman, age 82 years, of Brandon Manitoba, passed away quietly in the late evening on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at the Brandon Regional Health Centre, with his wife Mary (nee Olfert) Letkeman of 56 years at his side. Peter was diagnosed with stage four cancer in January 2020. From early childhood in Haskett, Manitoba, Peter lived a life of pursuing his goals and dreams both as an academic and a farm-boy. Peter followed his fascination with science and education to its pinnacle of becoming the Dean of Science at Brandon University from 1983-93, and upon retiring in 2003, receiving the President’s Medal for Service, Teaching and Research. At the same time, Peter’s love for the land, family and farming led him to invest the summer months in grain farming and raising his family near Kemnay, Manitoba. Community, faith and service were keystones in Peter’s life. He was an active member of Grace Mennonite Church, often providing leadership on various committees within the local church, Mennonite Church Manitoba’s Camps with Meaning, Mennonite Central Committee and the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. In addition, Peter spent countless hours playing guitar and singing for local senior homes and the hospital. Peter is survived by his wife Mary (nee Olfert) Letkeman, his three sons and their families: Lorne and Kathy Letkeman, Kayly Letkeman, Kenzie and Tyson Murray and Kristen Letkeman; Lloyd and Carol Letkeman, Brandon Letkeman and Sophie Desrochers and Benjamin Letkeman; Leon Letkeman and Elaine Johnson; Peter’s sister Betty (nee Letkeman) Wolfe; Peter’s brother and sister-in-law John and Sally (nee Olfert) Letkeman; in-laws Katherine Krahn, Anne and Abe Goertzen and Herman Olfert. A private family viewing was held on Friday, May 22, 2020, followed by a private family interment at Haskett Cemetery on Saturday, May 23, 2020. Peter had a wide relational footprint as a man of faith, family, science, education, music, agriculture, volunteerism and philanthropy. Peter’s legacy is in the people he inspired, empowered and encouraged to live well with humility and integrity. Peter will be sorely missed. His favorite verse was Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.
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Paulette Kelly

Posted at 12:41am
Dear Mary and family, sending you deepest condolences and a prayer to give you Peace in this time of sorrow. Lawrence and Elizabeth (Ginter) Kelly
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Kathleen Nichol

Posted at 09:35am
To Mary and all your family: Peter was my instructor in General Chemistry, then a colleague in Chemistry at BU and the Dean of Science for many of the years I've worked at BU. As an instructor, he was always clear and organized in his lectures, and also kept our attention by showing us his delight in chemistry through colourful presentations. As a colleague and Dean, Peter was sharp, fair, and approachable, and an excellent mentor. He helped our department and faculty weather some challenging situations with intelligence and fairness. He consulted with members, reasoned, and then made the tough decisions, openly. I respected him greatly.
My sincere condolences to you all.
From Kathleen Nichol.
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Jake Elias

Posted at 10:04pm
I highly respected Dr. Peter, he was an bright individual who had exceptional academic talents. He was also a humble and approachable person. Several years ago Peter and I reminisced. I told him that he was the individual who encouraged me to get an education. Now I have a university degree and professional accounting designation thanks to his influence. I owe him a lot. Peter told me that he'd returned a favor. When he was unsure of whether to continue education, my father Cornelius Elias (who passed away in 1963) had encouraged him to try one more year of studies. In my interaction with Dr. Peter, I was very impressed with his insight. We have lost an exceptionally bright individual who was warm and friendly, conscientious and great mentor.
Mary, please accept our condolences from Jake and Hannah Elias.
MB

Maxine Brown

Posted at 10:25pm
On behalf of the Fairview recreation staff, our sincere condolences to all of Peter’s family. Peter was a valued volunteer who regularly shared his musical talent, entertaining the residents at Fairview. He will be missed by the Fairview residents & staff. Peter’s volunteerism was greatly appreciated. Thinking of Mary & family during this sad time.
Our sincere sympathy – Maxine Brown, Volunteer Coordinator, Fairview.
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Theresa Gibbons

Posted at 12:49am
I am truly saddened to hear of Peters passing. Know that He is in a far better place. I am sure Walter and him will sing and play together. Take care of yourself, Mary.


Theresa Gibbons
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